His Double Life

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His Double Life
His Double Life FilmPoster.jpeg
His Double Life (1933) Movie Poster.
Directed by Arthur Hopkins
William C. deMille(uncredited)
Produced by Eddie Dowling
Arthur Hopkins
Written by Clara Beranger
Arthur Hopkins
Based on The Great Adventure
by Arnold Bennett
Starring Roland Young
Lillian Gish
Music by James F. Hanley
Karl Stark
John Rochetti
Cinematography Arthur Edeson
Edited by Arthur Ellis
A. Pam Blumenthal
Eddie Dowling Pictures
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • December 15, 1933 (1933-12-15)
Running time
68 minutes
Country United States
Language English

His Double Life is a 1933 American pre-Code comedy-drama film directed by Broadway theatrical impresario and first time film director Arthur Hopkins with directorial input from the experienced William C. deMille, Cecil's older brother. It starred Roland Young and Lillian Gish. It had been filmed before in 1921 in the silent era as The Great Adventure with Lionel Barrymore, and was remade again in 1943 as Holy Matrimony. It is preserved at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. and available on DVD.


Priam Farrel (Roland Young) is England's most famous living painter. A recluse who hates fame, he has not been seen by anyone for years, not even his agent or cousin. He is glad to be mistaken for his valet by everyone, including his cousin, when he returns to England. He is happy to live a quiet country life with his manservant's mail order bride (Lillian Gish) ... until he gets hauled into court for bigamy and fraud.



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